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Gold Tide® Forsythia

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A compact border shrub forming a mound that’s much wider than tall; brilliant golden bell-shaped flowers in spring along the branches and light green foliage have made this a garden favorite for early spring color

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Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
24 inches
Average Landscape Width:
4 feet
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Forsythia
Species:
x intermedia
Cultivar:
Courtasol
Flower Color:
lemon
Flower Period:
in early spring
Summer Foliage Color:
forest green
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
mounded
Canopy:
closed
Pruning:
prune after flowering
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Other Species Names:
Border Forsythia, Goldenbells
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Density:
dense
Flower Form:
bell

Ornamental Features

Gold Tide® Forsythia is bathed in stunning lemon yellow bell-shaped flowers along the branches in early spring before the leaves. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has forest green deciduous foliage. The serrated pointy leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color.

Landscape Attributes

Gold Tide® Forsythia is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a mounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Gold Tide® Forsythia will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Gold Tide® Forsythia makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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